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BC West

For those who have not had the good fortune to fish for steelhead on British Columbia’s Dean River, others’ tales of personal exploits can become overbearing. Stories of hard takes, hissing bellies of line, wild leaps, and the relentless runs of these “super” steelhead are admittedly hard to compete with, especially when compounded with a setting that is one of North America’s most impressive. Truly, the Dean River has defined the legend that is steelhead fly fishing in British Columbia.

Equally impressive is BC West’s willingness to go the extra mile and create a split-day fishing program where anglers fish from dawn to lunch, then return to camp for a gourmet meal and a siesta before heading out in the late afternoon to fish until dark. A fishery best suited to experienced anglers, BC West’s guests fish half of their days guided beneath the falls via jet boat. The other half of the time they are self-guided above the falls using personal four wheelers for access to prime runs. By all standards, this is a rigorous and rewarding routine and an unparalleled fly fishing trip.

For the ultimate anadromous challenge, anglers may also want to consider the June king salmon fishery. Like their steelhead co-habitants only larger, the Dean’s kings are widely considered some of the hardest fighting, and hardest to land, sea-run fish in the world. As BC West is a highly sought-after fly fishing lodge, spaces for both salmon and steelhead are extremely limited.

August 20th – 29th, 3 spots
Rate:  $7295 USD plus taxes